It’s safe to say that everybody enjoys pizza. That soft dough, crispy pepperoni, and oozing cheese. How can anyone resist the deliciousness that is pizza? Seriously, we should just make pizza that national food of the world. And the second best food in the world? Cake of course. Whether it’s chocolate, vanilla, or red velvet, there’s no way I’m passing on a piece of cake. Well the genius people at Pillsbury came up with the brilliant idea to combine to these two delectable foods to make the single greatest dish ever: pizza cake.
Now while pizza cake isn’t really a cake, as it’s more salty and savoury than sweet, it’s still just as delicious as any cake out there. I’ve made pizza cake in the past and I must say it is a lot of work. But that being said it’s so worth it. The pizza cake is essentially just pizza layered in a cake pan. The recipe may seem difficult but it’s actually pretty easy. However, I did have a few problems when I made my cake.
The most difficult part of making the cake is rolling the dough to fit the pan. It’s best to use a springform pan that way it’ll be easier to take the pizza out when you’re done. The recipe says that you should use Pillsbury pizza dough. I’ve tried this recipe with both Pillsbury dough and without, and I must say I much prefer to use the non-can pizza dough that you have to roll out yourself. Don’t get me wrong Pillsbury makes delicious pizza dough, however I found that after I rolled out the dough from the can it wasn’t very big. I had to buy an extra can of dough to fit my springform pan. Also the dough is very tough and difficult to rework and roll to form the edges of the pan. I personally prefer to buy other dough and roll it out myself. You can just buy pizza dough from your grocery store; it works just fine. Aside from the pizza dough, there was nothing severely problematic about this recipe.
Here’s the full recipe courtesy of Pillsbury.com
- 2 cans Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
- 1 1/2 cups Muir Glen™ organic pizza sauce (from 15-oz can)
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz)
- 1 cup sliced pepperoni
- 1 tablespoon butter, if desired
* you can use any of your favourite pizza toppings.
Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray or drizzle with olive oil.
Measure diameter of tall-sided ovenproof pan. (Pan used was 6-inch in diameter with 4-inch high side.) * I used a bigger pan and only made 3 layers. Unroll 1 can of dough onto work surface; press out into thin layer. Cut out 3 (6-inch) rounds; place on cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool.
Unroll remaining can of dough; cut 2 additional (6-inch) rounds from long edge of dough, leaving opposite side untouched. Place rounds on cooled cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet; cool.
Meanwhile, line pan with cooking parchment paper so that ends of paper stick up and out of pan. Cut long strip of dough at least 1/2 inch wider than height of pan. Carefully drape long strip of dough around inside edge of pan to line, leaving 1/2 inch hanging over outside edge of pan and bottom of pan open. Pinch seam to seal.
Carefully place 1 partially baked crust round in bottom of pan. Spread pizza sauce over crust; top with pepperoni slices and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese (when cheese melts, crust above will stick to it). Repeat to make 3 more layers. For top layer, place last crust over cheese; sprinkle with remaining cheese and arrange remaining pepperoni on top.
Fold overhanging dough over top layer of pizza cake to make a raised crust edge.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until dough around pizza cake is fully cooked. (To test, carefully pull up parchment paper to raise pizza cake out of pan.) Once completely baked, cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove pizza cake from pan; brush crust with butter. Use sharp knife to cut slices like you would a cake. *if you decide to use a different pizza dough, it may take longer to cook.
Honestly, this is a must-try recipe for any pizza lover. It’s perfect for any pot luck BBQ, the “big game”, or just any given day. It’s pizza do you really need a reason to make it. Let me know how it goes, and share your comments and pictures.